Are All Men Pedophiles?
According to some sources, the type of pornographic videos that are most searched for on the Internet are those that include teenaged girls. This fact begs the question that is the title of the film.
Apparently there is no standard definition for pedophilia, but most people seem to agree that it’s when an adult deliberately seeks to have sexual intercourse with a minor.
One expert sustains that from an evolutionary point of view, it makes total sense that men would feel attraction to young women because men are programmed to look for females that are the most fertile. Hence females who are around the age of 16 seem to be the most attractive to certain males because he feels that if he can gain access to a female that fits this category, he will maximize his own reproductive potential. This would, in turn, set him above his competition.
Pederasty, on the other hand is mostly defined as erotic behavior between adult men and boys. But it can also occur between adult women and girls. Ironically, in Ancient cultures, pederasty was not seen as something wrong. In fact, it was commended and promoted in Ancient Greece and Asia, among others.
The sexual abuse of children is not limited to the Catholic Church, as many would like to suggest. Besides, the majority of clergy that have been involved in sexual behavior with minors cannot be accurately diagnosed as pedophiles. There is another condition known as hebephilia that is defined as the sexual attraction an adult feels for adolescent children.
However, various religions have stories of sex with children and Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are no exception. The Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus when she was between the ages of 12 and 15 years old. Aisha was married to the prophet Muhammad at 6 and the marriage was consummated when she was 9. Bat Mitzvah for Jewish girls takes place at the age of 12 and they are then seen as women.
Throughout history the average age of pregnancy seemed to be 13. Only in recent years has this age gone up in Western society to be between 21 and 23. However, women start experimenting with sex much earlier than boys, usually around the age of 13. By age 16, most girls are sexually mature, not so the boys. Still society has arbitrarily established the legal age of maturity to be 18 for both men and women, although sexual maturity is reached at least two years prior to that. This leads to the conclusion that the reason why underage sex is frowned upon is mostly a strategy to ensure that as many children as possible complete all the years of basic education, which ends at or around the age of 18.
The contradiction comes when you realize that although sex before the legal age of maturity is frowned upon, society deliberately sexualizes young girls from around the age of 13. Coincidence? Maybe not.
Are All Men Pedophiles is a fascinating documentary that explores provocative uncharted territory.